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Old Aug 22, 2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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Default FZ35 - lense cap - lense hood - on and off - sharpness

I have been reading the manual , follow the forums to learn as much as I can but I have yet to produce a picture sharp enough .
I have put the camera on a tripod using P , set the ISO limit to 100
but the picture is always a bit soft .
I am just wondering if people normally do a bit of post processing with their pictures ? I don't have any photo edit software at the moment.

This is my first "good" camera so I plan to look after it as best as I can.
I think I will put the hood on most of the time as I tend to take daytime pictures . Is it Ok to leave the hood on , the lense cap on all the time ?
When I forget to take the lense cap off when I turn the camera on , I was reminded to take the caps off , but with the hood on , I seem to be able to turn the camera on without having to take the lense cap off , is it OK ? or I should not do it at all . Sorry about this silly question but it took me a while to buy this camera and I really wanted to look after it well Thank you !
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Old Aug 23, 2010, 7:21 AM   #2
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It is my understanding that if you use a tripod the Auto Stabilizer should be turned to OFF. Leaving it on can cause blur when using a tripod.

It should not be a problem leaving the hood on all the time. From comments in the forum, most leave the lens hood off but that is just personal preference.

Turning the camera on with the lens cap attached causes the lens to bump and it will tell you to remove the cap.

I don't see how yours wouldn't bump by adding the hood. I tried it on mine by adding the hood and it still bumps. Are you sure you didn't have the camera set in the playback or review mode when it was turned on?
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Old Aug 23, 2010, 7:38 AM   #3
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I might also suggest that you look into downloading Picasa, which is a free software program for the post production of digital images. It is easy to learn and will do most, if not all, of what you need.
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Old Aug 23, 2010, 7:50 AM   #4
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Thanks so much for your replies Clint501 and Cherokee Outlaw . You are right the lense still bumps the cap . I will try to get into the habit of taking the lense off before turning it on .
I will find out how to post pictures up here for some advices on how to improve them . Thanks again. Meanwhile , I will try with IS off as suggested.
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To get rid of that problem, I attached the hood's adaptor, then I bought a very cheap UV filter 55mm (broke the glass and kept the ring) and glued it on the hood's adapter. This way I turn on the camera without any need to remove the cap.
A bit bulky, but works well.
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Clint alluded to it in his reply but if you want to turn the camera on without removing the cap, you simply just have to put it in playback mode.
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To get rid of that problem, I attached the hood's adaptor, then I bought a very cheap UV filter 55mm (broke the glass and kept the ring) and glued it on the hood's adapter. This way I turn on the camera without any need to remove the cap.
A bit bulky, but works well.
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I think the topic below might be interesting too:

http://artzen2.com/artzen2-0168.htm

Summarized, it's adding an adapter and step-up rings onto the camera, and the one whom made this small 'workshop', has been taking the following in mind:

1. Allow the camera to be turned on with the lens cap attached.
2. Allow the use of standard filters.
3. Act as a sunshade.
4. Protect the extended part of the lens from impact.
5. No vignetting at 28mm equivalent focal length.
6. Assembled from available components.
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Thanks so much everyone for your help .
I am having so much fun with my new camera.
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